Top photo: UTSA students in Avanzar are (from left) Danielle Burgess,
sophomore; Jandee Stidom, junior, president of the society; Vernell
Clemons, sophomore; Jeanne Caneda, sophomore, secretary of the
society; and Sade Adepoju, freshman.
Bottom photo: At the Feb. 14 ribbon-cutting at the Health
Professions Office are (clockwise from top left) Lawrence Williams,
UTSA vice provost for undergraduate studies; Alan Vince, UTSA
Health Professions Office director; Adelita Cantu, UTHSCSA
instructor of family nursing care and Avanzar adviser; Robin
Froman, dean of the UTHSCSA School of Nursing; and Norma
Martinez Rogers, Avanzar director and UTHSCSA associate
professor of family nursing care.

UTHSCSA, UTSA partner on pre-nursing program

By Will Sansom
Director of News and Information, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

(Feb. 28, 2007)--Nursing education got a boost Feb. 14 with the announcement of a new collaborative program that will help UTSA undergraduates know what to expect when they apply to the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing (SON).

Nearly 70 UTSA students have joined Avanzar, (Spanish for "advance"), to tap the expertise of faculty at the Health Science Center, to interact with peers interested in nursing careers and to work on community service projects.

Housed in the UTSA Health Professions Office on the 1604 Campus, Avanzar will prepare pre-nursing students for the tough curriculum they must master at their next level of education. UTHSCSA nursing faculty hope the program will increase the number of Hispanic students in nursing school, as well as increase the overall number of registered nurses in the South Texas work force.

The Health Professions Office hosted a Health Professions Day information fair Feb. 22 at the University Center with representatives from more than 60 health professions schools who provided information to students and community members on careers and the application process.

Avanzar represents a substantial commitment to UTSA pre-nursing students by the UT Health Science Center School of Nursing. SON faculty member Adelita Cantu is at the UTSA 1604 Campus two and a half days weekly, and as funds become available, the school expects to appoint a second faculty adviser for the remainder of the week.

Avanzar is made possible by a U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration grant written by Norma Martinez Rogers, UTHSCSA associate professor of family nursing.

For more information, contact Diane Elizondo, Health Professions Office, at (210) 458-5185.